Wakefield agree deal for former Crusader Mellars
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Tuesday 09 August 2011
Vince Mellars has become the latest Crusader to find a new home for next season.
The New Zealand-born wing or centre has agreed a three-year contract with Wakefield following the collapse of the Welsh Super League club.
He joins a mass exodus from Wrexham, which also includes Mark Bryant and Michael Witt linking up with Harlequins, Hep Cahill, Lloyd White and Frank Winterstein moving to Widnes and Jarrod Sammut and Jason Chan joining Bradford and Huddersfield respectively.
The League has given Crusaders' overseas players exemption from the import quota to help them find new clubs.
Meanwhile, the Crusaders coach, Iestyn Harris, is set to be unveiled as assistant to Shaun Wane when Wigan finally reveal how they will compensate for the departure of Michael Maguire.
Hull's Richard Agar and Karl Harrison of Batley have both denied any interest in the coaching job at Wakefield. "There is absolutely no question of me leaving or of my role changing," said Agar of reports that the new Hull owner, Adam Pearson, had asked him to move into a position as director of coaching. Pearson was equally adamant. "The only discussions I have had with Richard have been over the playing squad for next season," he said.
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